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LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a serotonergic (5-HT) hallucinogen widely used for recreational and/or ethnomedical purposes. LSD is thought to induce its prototypical psychedelic effects primarily via stimulation of the 5-HT2A receptor. This study investigates whether an LSD experience can be attenuated and shortened using 5-HT2A receptor antagonist ketanserin administration after LSD once the psychedelic effects have established.

Clinical Trial Description

LSD is a so-called "classic" or serotonergic hallucinogen or psychedelic.The effects of LSD have been frequently investigated in the past in both healthy participants and patients. In these studies, LSD produced acute transient alterations in waking consciousness including visual perceptual alterations, audio-visual synesthesia, derealization and depersonalization. Moreover, several of these studies described robust and sustained effects of LSD in patients suffering from addiction, anxiety and depression. Its psychedelic effects are mainly attributed to its potent partial 5-HT2A receptor agonism. Consistently, administration the 5-HT2A receptor antagonist ketanserin (40 mg) prior to the administration of LSD (100 μg) almost completely prevented the acute effects of LSD in another study of our research group (NCT03321136). The present study hypothesis is that ketanserin (40 mg) administered 1h after LSD shortens and reduces the acute subjective effects of LSD (100 μg) compared to LSD alone (100 μg) followed by placebo in healthy humans. Such a finding would confirm a primarily competitive antagonism of ketanserin and LSD at the 5-HT2A receptor in vivo and indicate that LSD produces its psychedelic effects only when present at the receptor. ;

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NCT number NCT04558294
Study type Interventional
Source University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Status Completed
Phase Phase 1
Start date October 16, 2020
Completion date September 29, 2021

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